Crime

30 alleged drug dealers picked up in meth ring bust

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, shown here in Greensburg in July, announced charges Monday against 30 people, half of them from Clearfield County, in a $1.6 million crystal meth ring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, shown here in Greensburg in July, announced charges Monday against 30 people, half of them from Clearfield County, in a $1.6 million crystal meth ring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AP

Thirty accused drug dealers were picked up in a $1.6 million crystal meth ring announced Monday by the state attorney general.

Half of those charged are from Clearfield County.

Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro said the ring was being run through the mail, with drugs shipped to Jefferson County from Arizona and California. The network of 30 dealers divided 35 pounds of methamphetamine, according to Shapiro’s office, breaking it into quarter- to half-gram doses. That put up to 64,000 individual doses of the drug into Jefferson, Clearfield, Clarion, Elk and Forest counties.

“When drug traffickers from other states target rural Pennsylvania, our agents will be right here to catch them and shut these networks down,” Shapiro said in a statement. “Today’s arrests show how we’re working hand in hand with local, state and federal authorities to help every town get what it needs to take on dangerous drug dealers and keep our communities safe.”

Charges include conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver drugs and corrupt organizations. Clearfield County residents being charged include: Destiny Douglas, 21, DuBois; Anthony Dubeck, 57, DuBois, Angela Gilbert, 20, DuBois, Jeanne Gouldthread, 34, DuBois; Christina Kinder, 43, DuBois; Joseph Kot Sr., 38, DuBois; Brian Pentz, 31, DuBois; Shane Porrin, 32, DuBois; Brittney Royer, 27, Clearfield; Renea Sherwood, 20, DuBois; Mikelle Shetley, 32, DuBois; Tammy Smiley, 51, Falls Creek; Kari Stoneberg, 40, DuBois; George Watson, 50, Luthersburg; and Matthew Watson, 30, Luthersburg.

Other defendants include residents of Brockway, Mayport, Reynoldsvile, Cooksburg, Brookville, Shippensville and Sigel, as well as people from Tucson, Ariz., and Bakersfield and Victorville in California.

Shapiro says the ring was coordinated by Larry Dean, 58, who has addresses in both Mayport and Tucson.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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